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Cactus Wren Elementary School

Public | K-6 & ungraded | 4 students

 

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Posted June 27, 2013

We came from a different city. My son started 2nd grade at Cactus Wren. To my shock I was informed within the first month of school my son was reading at a low kindergarten level. His teacher at the time went out of her way to work with him. It was tough & we even had him enrolled in their after school academy. By the end of the school year he was reading at an intermediate 2nd grade level. His 2nd grade teacher is AMAZING. His 3rd grade teacher was not so "exceptional" but none the less still a good teacher...The staff is amazing & courteous...Office ladies are amazing & helpful...& I absolutely love how involved the principal is with students & parents...over all my son loved this school as did my husband & I...my son will be attending a new school next year but only because we have moved out of the district...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2013

I moved my child here from a "school of choice" because they refused to work with my son. At this school my son found structure and compassion and guidance. The principal is helpful and communicative and my child's kindergarden and 1st grade teacher (so far) are/were wonderful. I was always able to get in touch with them via email or by leaving messages and always received quick responses. I'm also thrilled with the Kidspace staff here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2012

There is no communication from the school to parents when it comes to events or deadlines. My daughter attended her first year at school here and I am very dissatisfied with this school at its teacher quality. My child will NOT be attending this school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2011

I used to go to this school for 6 years. I'm in high school now. I must say, this school is a joke. My brother is fourth grader here now. They told my brother he has A.D.H.D, the medicine didn't do anything. He was perfectly fine! The make my day system in horrible. It's pointless, just like their point system and steps. It doesn't help kids in life. The school is disorganized, the office people are rude, the principal doesn't even make an attempt to get to know you or your child, and most of the children don't speak english. Most of the teachers aren't fit for teaching, although, the teachers who teach the younger students like first graders, are good teachers. I didn't have a good experience from this school.


Posted November 4, 2010

School administration is quite incompetent and rude. As a foster parent i am quite dissatisfied with they way they conduct business, and handle problems with the children and other parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2009

I think this school is ok,it's got it's cuves.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 15, 2009

I am concerned with the future of this school. Overall a negative environment. Some of the teachers need to retire already, since they clearly hate what they are doing. I will be transferring my son next year. The great teaching staff that they once had have mostly moved on or retired. There are still some teachers doing a great job just not the majority of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2009

This school is a joke. The make your day programs only purpose is to give children a negative outlook on their every day performance. My son was having issues focusing in class, it took me over a month to get a meeting with the teacher and principal. Once we sat down it was brought to my attention by the principal that my son was A.D.D. I almost lost my mind. My son has been tested now that he is at another school and guess what??? He is NOT A.D.D he is actually in an advanced class. His teacher at the new school recognized his loss of focus as nothing more complicated than 'being bored and under challanged'. I am so glad that we pulled our son out of this school....if we hadn't who knows how many medications he would be on to treat his 'A.D.D'. What a joke.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2007

We have had a wonderful experience with the first three years of attendence at this school. Although, rececntly, I noticed some issues with the New Principal, and her ability to handle situations. I am concerned with the future of this school and how things will be handled with my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2007

I have my issues with this school. Some teachers are wonderful and some need to re-evaluate why they wanted to become teachers in the first place. The principal tries hard at times, but is ineffective to say the least
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2007

This is a great school. My son has ADHD and is very challanged to sit still and wait his turn. Our teacher Ms. Phillips is the first teacher to work with him. She provides daily reports on his behavior and works with us in ways to help my child. My son loves school again!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2007

I love Cactus Wren, more importantly so does my 2nd grader. I think every public school needs more funding to keep extracurricular activities on the agenda...however more important than sports after school, they need to be able to pass the State AIMS test. My son has learned so much from his teachers, I am confident that it has been instilled in him to work hard and you will prosper! One of the main problems is parents lack of interest. Most parents believe it's the teachers responsibility to teach their child everything...however, parents need to be involved. Period. Working or not, single or married, learning disabilities or highly achieving, quit making excuses and start making an extra effort...with your joint effort, you will be impressed with what Cactus Wren has to offer your student. I am an involved parent and I am very impressed with it overall! We'd love to have you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2007

I believe the quality of academic programs, teachers, art/music probably decent, but I was concerned about office staff as they never called back or helped facilitate parent involvement. My daughter loved all the teachers she had there in 1st and 2nd grades and did well there. No sports or extracurricular programs, unless you want to pay a lot to outside organizations. No after care, but now under new principal, plus most of these problems are probably worse at many schools. Good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2006

This school has a fantastic speech and language program for kindergardener's. The teacher to student ratio is fantastic and the dedication of the faculty to the students was impressive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2005

Even though my son is only in kindergarden this is the second school in which he has attended. Formerly he went to a school in Glendale (8:15am- 3:00pm) Never brought home-work home or any papers that he had done in school. I thought that he may need to start back in pre-school since he never attended a daycare or anything. When he started at Cactus Wren (11:45am- 2:30pm), within the 1st week had learned more than he did at the school in Glendale in 2 months. I think the teachers and staff are wonderfull. They are always helpfull and courteous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2004

As a former parent of children who attended Cactus Wren and now a grandparent of 3 who attend I have appreciated the school's interest in the students as individuals. Also, the programs that are available for the kids such as the musical that the first through fourth graders were able to enjoy on December 9th of this year. A wonderful program that we all enjoyed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2004

Teachers don't care. The school is just worry about what colors the kids should wear. Teachers don't give the students the extra help that he/she needs. What are they there for? All kids learn in different ways and maybe certain subjects needs to explain in different ways, but the teacher don't have or don't want to take the time.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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52%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
47%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 47% 43%
White 28% 42%
Black 11% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 8% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 78%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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9650 N 39th Ave
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